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Morning Media Newsfeed: SI Scores LeBron James Scoop | The View Considers Cupp

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LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated (FishbowlNY)
Everyone in the sporting world — and many others outside of it — were awaiting word on where LeBron James would play next season, and Sports Illustrated got the scoop Friday. In an article by James (as told to SI’s Lee Jenkins), James explained his reasons for returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavs. LostRemote After the story went up, James posted on Instagram a photo of himself with the caption “I’m Coming Home.” #GoodforLebron and #Cleveland also started trending on Twitter quickly. TVSpy Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m. Friday, just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “The newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour. PRNewser Jenkins reportedly helped James write the essay Thursday night, and the mag didn’t let any of its advertisers know about what will almost surely be the biggest traffic driver in recent history. HuffPost “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball,” James told Jenkins. “I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.” James, an Akron, Ohio native, was selected by the Cavs with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. After reaching the NBA Finals just once in those seven seasons, James infamously announced that he would be joining the Miami Heat in July 2010 during a televised interview dubbed “The Decision.” Both James’ choice of team and his choice of venue for the announcement led to a virulent backlash in Ohio that included fans burning his jersey and a public repudiation from Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Prometheus Buys Mediabistro | FNC Books Clinton | Fox’s Reilly to Step Down

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Prometheus Global Media to Acquire Mediabistro (FishbowlNY)
Thursday morning, Mediabistro announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its editorial and e-commerce assets to PGM-MB Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, for $8 million cash. FishbowlDC As part of the deal, PrometheusGM will add to its portfolio mediabistro.com and editorial sites including FishbowlDC, FishbowlNY, TVNewser and PRNewser, as well as the Mediabistro Job Board, and Mediabistro’s education business. THR Prometheus Global Media is the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Adweek magazines. Mashable The deal still needs shareholder approval, which could happen by mid-July. The tradeshow portion of the company will remain with Mediabistro CEO Alan Meckler under a new company — Mecklermedia. The company’s 3D printing and bitcoin assets are also not a part of the deal. The site gained a following in media circles, particularly in New York and Washington, D.C., thanks in part to its job board and professional skill development courses. The acquisition provides Prometheus with a new cadre of editorial pieces that fit with the company’s other focused media assets. Prometheus also runs the Clio Awards for advertising and the movie event company Film Expo Group. Poynter / MediaWire Mediabistro alums include Brian Stelter, who wrote for TVNewser and now hosts Reliable Sources at CNN, and Patrick Gavin, who worked for FishbowlDC. In 2007, Laurel Touby sold Mediabistro.com for $23 million.

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Ben Silverman Sick and Nervous In His National Debut

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FBLA guest blogger Dan Cox mined the cavernous troll-infested passages of TCA this morning, and files this bit of sparkly goodness:

Newly named NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman looked particularly coiffed in that “I don’t give a shit” disheveled kind of way as he was faced for the first time with about 100 teeth-gnashing journos at a Critics Association breakfast with NBC co-chair Mark Graboff at the Los Angeles Hilton this morning.

Silverman, for better or worse, held his own.

“He knows that he’s in show business,” says J. Max Robins, editor in chief of Broadcast and Cable, who watched the fracas unfold.

Still, we detected the slightest scent of fear on Silverman. In his
unbuttoned white shirt, dark jacket and loafers, the smiling former William Morris agent was quick to field numerous questions about NBC’s sagging second-place sked, the potential of new stars, the conflict over whether he’ll divest his interest in production company Reveille Entertainment (he won’t) and his and Graboff’s controversial displacement of former chair Kevin Reilly last month.

“I have immense power,” Silverman boasted. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I always knew the place where I would have the greatest opportunity would be a network. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a young person.”

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NBC Snags Reveille’s Silverman, Blows Taps for Reilly

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FBLA’s anonymous tip turned out to be true: NBC is trying to ditch Kevin Reilly, and right before prom, too.

News of Reilly’s replacement by Ben Silverman of Reveille Entertainment was emailed around town. Reilly himself found out via email. According to Nikki Finke, she knew before he did. (Think he’s not a Blackberry obsessive? Bet he is now.)

Is Jeff Zucker going to shell out for Reveille? Or just make Silverman’s package suitable big? Official announcement expected today.

Changes At WSJ, NBC

nbc_peacock_cuts.jpgSome Memorial Day weekend job shuffling of note. First, from our own Revolving Door:

Brian Steinberg, Wall Street Journal ad columnist, is headed to AdAge where he’ll be the TV editor.

And some big holiday weekend hustling at NBC, where Jeff Zucker has tapped reality mogul Ben Silverman to replace NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly.

Nikki Finke has the backstory.

NBC and Posh: Summer Reality Series Makes Dream Come True

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NBC will present Victoria Beckham in a summer 6-part reality series, produced by Simon Fuller. The series will, in the words of the release:

give viewers an exclusive inside look at Beckham’s glamorous life as she makes the move across the pond from London to Los Angeles.

We’re going to watch her move? Unpack boxes? Whee.

Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment, somehow managed to say without laughing:

The series will give viewers a glimpse into what makes Victoria so popular and admired as one of the most glamorous women in the world. She makes news wherever she goes and our audience can now become insiders in this fascinating personal view of what being Posh truly represents.

FBLA thinks we know what Posh truly represents.
Fuller told a British paper that the series will humanize her, if that’s at all possible.

Beckham said:

This show is really something different, it’s pushing the boundaries and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people.

We’re surprised already. Ray Richmond, on the other hand, is thrilled to tiny bits. So is TV Junkie. Kidding.

Ana Marie Cox’s Own Meet The Press? | L.I. Girl Beaten, Shown On YouTube, Arrests Made | Ex-Voice Sex Columnist Laments | What Single Women Look Like To The Times

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Ana Marie Cox with cocktail at 2006′s Time 100 party

  • Long Island Girl: Beaten, video uploaded to YouTube, arrests made. [AP]
  • Ana Marie Cox: To get own Meet The Press? [Radar]
  • Rachel Kramer Bussel: “I’m too single” to be a Voice sex columnist, apparently. [Lusty Lady]
  • What All Single Women: Look like Carrie and Angelina to CBS and the Times. [CJR Daily]
  • NBC’s Kevin Reilly: “We brought love back this year to the network.” [Variety]